The weather man promised sunny, and he delivered. I got to Bombay Hook near dawn, and there were plenty of good birds just waiting to be photographed.
I was glad to see the usual suspects, Ducks, Avocets and Swans, but the Falcons and a single Snow Goose were the icing.
I imagine I’ll make a few more trips before the season is over.
The entrance to Bombay Hook.
This Great Blue Heron was the first bird I saw this morning.
Northern Shoveler numbers are increasing.
Many Black Ducks were feeding in the marsh.
Northern Pintails were well represented.
A large flock of American Avocets was present.
There were more female Green Winged Teals than females.
This Peregrine Falcon was a big surprise. Bombay Hook isn’t their usual habitat, and I haven’t seen very many.
Today’s second Falcon was this Merlin, another bird I don’t often see.
It seemed odd that only one Snow Goose was present.
Birds are still scarce around here, and I’ve been hearing good things about Buddy Attick Lake, so I gave it a try this morning.
I started at Artemesia, which was unusually slow, then headed to Buddy Attick, which is only a few miles away, and wasn’t any better than Artemesia.
I did find a single Merganser, and a few birds at Artemesia, but it was a really slow day.
The reflection of the Fall colors really adds to this Ruddy Duck image.
Several Pied Billed Grebes were foraging in the middle of the lake.
This juvenile Tundra Swan has been hanging around Artemesia, solo, for several days.
There’s usually a flock of Ring-necked ducks in Winter.
The Fall colors complement the Mallard’s colors.
I knew this Hooded Merganser was going to spook when I got close enough, and I was ready for him.
There’s still not much happening around here, so I went to Blackwater again this morning.
Things are definitely picking up, with many more ducks, more active eagles and a lot of sparrows.
Perfect light and a small flock of Wood Ducks made it a very good day.
Northern Shovelers have returned, but not in large numbers.
Many Bald Eagles were hunting this morning. I saw 4 in the air at one time.
A female and first year male Wood Duck. The first I’ve seen at Blackwater.
A male Hooded Merganser.
I saw many, many Mallards.
Ruddy Ducks are still scarce.
A large flock of Northern Pintails was the largest I’ve ever seen.
Hundreds of Canada Geese were feeding in the marsh.
Groundhogs don’t often sit still long enough for a portrait.
It was really cold this morning (21), so I wore my ski pants and carried my gloves. I’m not as indifferent to cold as I used to be.
Cold brings the ducks, however, and a juvenile Mute Swan. A very surprising, very late Osprey was a treat as well.
A large flock of Ring-necked Ducks was cruising the lake.
Prior to this, the latest I’ve seen Ospreys was October 31.
This Robin seemed to be enjoying the sunshine.
This is the first time I’ve seen a Mute Swan at Artemesia.
This young buck let me get very close, and even ignored a nearby dog.
Between the weather and a lack of birds, it’s been a while since I had anything to post.
I got to Blackwater yesterday, and it wasn’t spectacular, but it was good enough. It’s still that time of year when the winter ducks haven’t arrived in any numbers, and most of the migrants have gone.
I did find some Swans, and the Eagles are still abundant, so I do have a few images worthy of my audience.
Another try at the Truxtun Park bridge.
I found this Carolina Wren at Greenbury Point.
Good light and a few Autumn leaves make all the difference.
First Dark Eyed Junco of the year.
I found only a few Northern Pintails.
Great Blue Herons are still plentiful.
This Yellow Rumped Warbler was also at Greenbury Point.
I saw two Hooded Mergansers at Quiet Waters.
Two Black Ducks were feeding at Quiet Waters.
Tundra Swans are just arriving in numbers.
I left early to get to Blackwater in time for sunrise, which wasn’t very interesting. I did get a few more shots at the dock on Key Wallace Drive, though.
It was a Bald Eagle kind of day. There were plenty of them, and they seemed less shy than usual, allowing me to get quite close a few times.
A few ducks have started to arrive, but the egrets and herons are far fewer.
The dock at Key Wallace Drive.
I’m not sure what got these Eagles so excited.
Several Great Blue Herons were fishing in the marsh.
There are always a few Double Crested Cormorants hanging around the dock.
There’s a nice balance in this photo of a Double Crested Cormorant.
The first Northern Pintails I’ve seen at Blackwater this year.
Once again I drove too far and didn’t see much. It didn’t help that Bear Swamp Pool was closed for construction shortly after I arrived.
The bird with the biggest numbers was the Least Sandpiper, and even they weren’t as numerous as in the past.
I saw more eagles than usual, and a few ducks, but migration has slowed for the moment. Several Foxes were around but the low light prevented good images.
Red Winged Blackbirds are far less numerous.
Northern Shovelers are still present.
Some male Green Winged Teals have finally shown up.
Another Savannah Sparrow.
Swamp Sparrows were well represented.
Northern Pintails were foraging in the marsh.
I found only one small flock of American Avocets.
I made the trek yesterday, and it wasn’t very productive. The migrating ducks haven’t made it this far yet, and many of the refuge regulars have moved on.
I did manage a few respectable photos, but I’ll probably wait a few weeks before returning.
Several Great Egrets were foraging along Wildlife Drive.
Bald Eagles were plentiful, as usual.
This is a juvenile red Headed Woodpecker.
Several Great Blue Herons were patiently fishing.
This is a juvenile red Headed Woodpecker.
I started this morning at Truxtun Park, where the water was so high the bridge was partly submerged. Good light and a few good birds.
Ellen O. Moyer Park is a small park at 7228 Edgewood Road in Annapolis. I’ve been there several times in the last few years without finding much, but I gave it another shot this morning. The flooding was so bad downtown that traffic out of town was backed up everywhere, so it made sense to stay local.
This park has a tall wooded hill and a good waterfront vista, so I’ll keep trying.
West entrance to the park.
Cardinals always look good in evergreens.
Great Blue Herons have been very active at Truxtun recently.
The water was very high at Truxtun, and this Double Crested Cormorant was almost at the end of the creek.
I’ve seen a lot of hawks at Truxtun, but they don’t always pose as well.
This Robin was thoroughly enjoying his bath.
If you didn’t know, a Mallard’s feet are orange.
This Squirrel was eating well at Ellen O. Moyer park.
I met Graeme early at Lake Artemesia, and we made several trips around the lake, then spent an hour or so on the Indian Creek trail.
There were Yellow Rumps everywhere, as well as Kinglets and Blue Jays. We found a pair of Wood Ducks and a Cuckoo that’s been hanging around the lake for three days.
Beautiful weather, good company and some nice birds. Couldn’t ask for more.
First White Throated Sparrow of the season.
I caught this Yellow Rumped Warbler as he was taking off.
Two Downy Woodpeckers were foraging in the area.
This Great Blue Heron was patiently fishing in the lake.
A Song Sparrow in good light.
This Beaver was unusually cooperative.
Graeme focuses on a distant bird.